Day 6 – Darling River to Pachena Bay
Hike time: 10:30am to 3pm, approx 4.5 hours
Approx 14 km
The final day of the WCT. Again, we took our sweet time and had a good sleep in. We were in no rush to catch the WCT trail bus (which leaves every odd day during non-peak season). We had a friend coming on Saturday to pick us up in Pachena Bay so we could save the ridiculous trail bus fees.
The trail from Darling to Pachena Bay was relatively easy. It was basically all flat and a few muddy parts. It was nothing like when we first started a few days ago! We arrived at the Pachena Bay WCT Information Centre at around 3pm. We were overjoyed. We finished. We came, we saw, we conquered!
We decided to set up camp at the Pachena campground nearby. They charge $25 per tent. For our victory meal we walked to Bamfield which was about a 45 minute walk from Pachena Bay. Our hitch hiking thumbs paid off as we got picked up halfway walking to Bamfield. We lucked out and got some snacks and food at the grocery store before it closed…at 6pm!
Not only did we have great burgers at Hawkeye pub, we had a good clean up. I finally washed my hands with hot water and soap! How exciting! After dinner we had to walk all the way back to our camp spot. The rain started to pick up now. The storm was coming. We managed to make a fire that night but the fire wood we purchased was so bad that it didn’t end up drying our shoes and socks.
There were some washrooms and showers nearby our camp spot and Chris took advantage. He had to pay $1 for a 4 minutes of hot shower. However, it was more like 2 minutes of hot shower. For the first minute or so he had to wait for the hot water to come. Then he had to keep pushing this button for the hot water to come out as it did not freely flow. It was like those public sinks where you have to keep turning the knob to get the water out. I hate that. Anyways, it was money well spent according to him. As for me, I decided to wait it out a few more extra days and have a decent shower at home.